BLM’s Alicia Garza Partners With Other Leading Women to Influence 2020 Election
New advocacy group, led by diverse women, launched an effort to mobilize the female vote.
Supermajority, formed by women who have lead Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthoood, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Civitas Public Affairs Group, has pledged to mobilize women to take control of 2020 presidential election with votes.
— Supermajority (@supermajority) April 29, 2019
“We’ve been the majority of voters in every national election since 1964. In 2018, women helped elect a Congress with a record-breaking 127 women members,” the group says.
But, while “women are on the cusp of becoming the most powerful force in America,” Supermajority’s co-founders say that to “fundamentally transform this country” women must work together.
Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network and Black Futures Lab tweeted:
It’s launch day! Women everywhere are taking action and want to know how to do more. We’re ready to win! Join the @Supermajority because one of us can be ignored, two of us can be dismissed, but together, we are unstoppable! #SuperMajority pic.twitter.com/2ZephMkcxA
— Alicia Garza (@aliciagarza) April 29, 2019
“Consistently, we’re still treated as a special interest group … Our voices aren’t breaking through,” Ai-jenPoo, of the National Domestic Workers Alliance said. “Now, it’s time for women to run things.”
Her organization promotes the rights of the primarily female domestic workforce of nannies, housekeepers, and home healthcare workers.
“In this moment there’s not enough infrastructure [in] women’s organizing,” Garza says. “This is a time for all of [us]… #MeToo, Time’s Up, Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March, and Supermajority to link arms.”
While Supermajority, officially launched on Monday, will aim to push politicians to adopt a “women’s new deal,” according to Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, but will not endorse candidates.
There are six women (two women of color) currently running in the 2020 presidential race. And diverse women have made Congress the most diverse in history.
A poll released this morning says Trump has an uphill battle for 2020: Only 30 percent of registered voters say they’ll definitely support him in 2020; 14 percent say they will consider supporting the president; while 52 percent say they definitely will not vote for him.
But whites without a college degree are his leading voters, at 40% of women and 46% of men, and almost 40% of white Americans do not have a college degree.
Despite Trump’s misogynist ways, there are women who think he should continue to be president.
A “listening tour” is scheduled for the summer during which Supermajority staff will travel all over the country, meeting with women and compiling information on what issues matter most to them.
Issues of concern they plan to focus on include unequal pay, “staggering childcare costs, rising maternal mortality, no family leave, and a government that continues to fail women.”
Abortion and reproductive rights are also on the agenda.
Allies include Time’s Up, Pantsuit Nation, and the National Women’s Law Center.
“We are ready to take power, ” Garza says. “[We want to] bring women together to achieve change that we deserve.”